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Basically, all of China doesn't see ground swell. The coasts here rely on wind swell coming from typhoons. Typhoon season is July to Sept. Simply looking at a map, you can see Taiwan has the most surf potential. I have surfed there, and it was okay. Hainan is good because the water is warm year round and the water is actually clean! However, it's only gonna get a couple of swells a year.
Overall, China has a huge coastline so of course there's potential, but it's absolutely not worth the cost of bringing a board here with the hope of getting waves. If you're living in China near the coast like me, then all it takes is some careful timing and exploration, and you're sure to get a couple of fun swells here and there.
Location: Eastern Asia, bordering the East China Sea, Korea Bay, Yellow Sea, and South China Sea, between North Korea and Vietnam
Geographic coordinates: 35° 0' N, 105° 0' E
Coastline km: 14,500 km km
Climate: extremely diverse; tropical in south to subarctic in north
Terrain: mostly mountains, high plateaus, deserts in west; plains, deltas, and hills in east
Elevation: lowest point: Turpan Pendi -154 m highest point: Mount Everest 8,850 m
Natural hazards: frequent typhoons (about five per year along southern and eastern coasts); damaging floods; tsunamis; earthquakes; droughts; land subsidence
Currency: yuan (CNY)
Population: 1,306,313,812 (July 2005 est.)
Languages: Standard Chinese or Mandarin (Putonghua, based on the Beijing dialect), Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghaiese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese), Xiang, Gan, Hakka dialects, minority languages (see Ethnic groups entry)
Divisions: 23 provinces (sheng, singular and plural), 5 autonomous regions (zizhiqu, singular and plural), and 4 municipalities (shi, singular and plural) : provinces: Anhui, Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong, Guizhou, Hainan, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Jilin, Liaoning, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, Zhejiang : autonomous regions: Guangxi, Nei Mongol, Ningxia, Xinjiang, Xizang (Tibet) : municipalities: Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai, Tianjin note: China considers Taiwan its 23rd province; see separate entries for the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau
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By Melissa R. Williams , 8 Mar
By pelicano , 07-06-2012
Surf "near" Shanghai - "Near" Shanghai (closest place with reasonable waves) is Dongsha (east beach) on Zhujiajian Island to the south near the city of Ningbo (I have posted some photos in the East China Sea section under "Jujiajian" spot (it's correct spelling is actually "Zhujiajian"). The beachbreak handles 1-6ft, anything more and it closes out. Be warned, it is tide dependent and fickle! You also need particular swell generating weather systems. You have to work out what those need to be yourself ;-) No other real options around here either, despite other beaches on map. We checked them on a number of different conditions. The area in general is an expensive over-priced tourist trap which restricts access to most beaches (no cheap accom options on Zhujiajian, either - no camping). You can stay cheaper on Zhoushan Island nearby, but it is a 15 minute drive each way each day and 10 USD for taxi fare each way - they don't like carrying boards, either). Car bridge toll to Zhoushan Island (at the moment) then on to Zhujiajian Island is 35 USD each way. Buses from Shanghai cost 30 USD each way (they travel to Zhoushan Island next to Zhujiajian Island, you can then get a taxi for 10 USD to beach). The other beaches aren't really worth the entry fees. They are blocked by boom gates and staff and check points. Season is between June and October. The waves can and do get punchy. If surfing here pay your respects to Jon. He's been surfing here primarily alone for 16 years! Hopefully, this information is helpful. It is hard for a surfer temporarily stuck in Shanghai. Just remember, the waves are very average and you have to be super keen. Water is brown from all the silt from river systems nearby. Also, it is difficult to travel to if you don't speak Mandarin, some basic language skills are enough though.
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